I wanted to share that major changes are coming to the Diem house! On May 9th, my company was notified that our state contract was being cancelled on July 31, 2014 and would transfer to a new vendor. Even though this news was disconcerting, there is something that God has shown me over the last two years after the loss of Elizabeth and the boys is the eternal perspective and I can rest in the promise that my God is in control. And because he loves me so much, he has my ultimate best interests. Since hearing Priscilla Shirer teach on Ephesians 3:20, I now embrace this as a foundational truth: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us”. IMMEASURABLY MORE…….than ALL WE ASK OR IMAGINE…..He is at work to do more than I can ask or even imagine!
It was true and obvious to those closest to me that since the accident, my heart and my passion was no longer in the work I was doing Monday-Friday from 8-5. I came across this quote from Stephen Covey that resonated at a deep level: “You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘YES’ burning inside.”
My heart was dying to say YES to other things! Becoming involved with other parents walking a similar path as me, working on activities that honor and build a legacy for Lizz and the boys, Grace Based Parenting, Twentycoats wreath creations, volunteering with organizations that I want to be a part of like Methodist Children’s Home and being open and truly fearless in where and how God would lead.
With this job news, John and I decided to think out of the box and truly explore other opportunities that were available to us. One of those options was moving. As many of you know John was promoted to the position of Technology Director of the Operational Test Command at Ft. Hood. With his current position and the added responsibilities, God placed on my heart to use this season to support him. There was a desire in me to be a stay at home wife! For me, this was a drastic concept! I have worked full time since Elizabeth was six weeks old. I went to work with EDS in May 1987 and now May of 2014, 27 years later, my desire was to be a full time wife and helpmate for John and focus on Twentycoats raising money for scholarships and being open to God’s leading. It will probably mean I continue to work for another year, but it will be an opportunity where I can work from home or an opportunity in the Killeen/Harker Heights/Temple area.
First let me say, John and I love our home here in Georgetown. We love Berry Creek and there are amazing memories that we have made here. But, if I wasn’t going to work, there was no reason for John to commute 2 hours/day. He currently gets up at 4:30 to make a van pool by 6:00 a.m.! So, with my commute no longer an issue and after much prayer and serious discussions, we have decided to put our house on the market and move from Georgetown to the Killeen/Harker Heights area. First, let me just pause here and say how much God can change a heart! 8 years ago when I met John I told him I would NEVER live in Killeen/Harker Heights! We also know this is probably not where we will retire, but for the next phase of our life, this is where we are being led. We have a great support network in the Ft. Hood area, John’s son, wife and our grandson are there! My son-in-law, Keith teaches there and Jennifer is starting school at Texas A&M Central Texas in the fall! I am hopeful we will see them some evenings, something that is difficult these days with their busy schedule. Lauren and Ava are still within manageable driving distances and there are great friends and a church that I know is waiting for us! A church family is something that has eluded us the 7 years we have been in Georgetown. We still don’t have a church home here and no friends in the community. In fact, it was that reality that helped make the decision. Why are we in Georgetown if I am not commuting to Austin for a job? And God’s nudging helped point us.
So, my life at the moment is filled with shutting down a part of my life that I have been blessed to be a part of for the last 27 years. My evenings and weekends are filled with boxing up our belongings and getting our home ready to put on the market. Our goal is mid-late August. I have donated the majority of my work clothes, banished my work suits and my high heels! I have donated FOUR car loads to great organizations that can use them (OK, so that’s another blog posting about accumulating things!). And all of this as I approach the 2nd anniversary of Lizz and the boys going to heaven. But there is amazing peace in these changes. I continue to claim the promise in these two Bible verses:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.
He is faithful, and I continue to prayerfully be open and let all of this be for His glory! To Him all Honor and Glory…….Amen!